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Kriya Yoga
Religious origins: Hinduism
Regional origins: India
Founding Guru: Mahavatar Babaji gave to Lahiri Mahasaya
Mainstream popularity: Paramhansa Yogananda popularised Kriya Yoga in the West
Practice emphases: Kriya Yoga Pranayama
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Kriya Yoga is described by its practitioners as the ancient Yoga system revived in modern times by Mahavatar Babaji through his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya, c 1861, and brought into widespread public awareness through Paramhansa Yogananda's book Autobiography of a Yogi. The system consists of a number of levels of Pranayama based techniques that are intended to rapidly accelerate spiritual development and engender a profound state of tranquility and God-communion.[1] Hinduism is a religious tradition[1] that originated in the Indian subcontinent. ... For other uses, see Guru (disambiguation). ... Mahavatar Babaji - a drawing from Autobiography of a Yogi, commissioned by Yogananda and based on his own meeting with Babaji Mahavatar Babaji is the name given to an Indian yogi and holy man by Lahiri Mahasaya and several of his disciples[1] who met Mahavatar Babaji between 1861 and 1935. ... Shyama Charan Lahiri, best known as Lahiri Mahasaya (September 30, 1828 - September 26, 1895) was an Indian yogi and the guru of Sri Yukteswar Giri. ... Paramahansa Yogananda (परमहंस योगानन्‍द) (1893-1952) was born Mukunda Lal Ghosh in Gorakhpur, India, into a devout and prosperous Bengali family. ... For other uses such as Yoga postures, see Yoga (disambiguation) Statue of Shiva performing Yogic meditation Yoga (Sanskrit: योग Yoga, IPA: ) is a group of ancient spiritual practices originating in India. ... Mahavatar Babaji - a drawing from Autobiography of a Yogi, commissioned by Yogananda and based on his own meeting with Babaji Mahavatar Babaji is the name given to an Indian yogi and holy man by Lahiri Mahasaya and several of his disciples[1] who met Mahavatar Babaji between 1861 and 1935. ... Shyama Charan Lahiri, best known as Lahiri Mahasaya (September 30, 1828 - September 26, 1895) was an Indian yogi and the guru of Sri Yukteswar Giri. ... Paramahansa Yogananda (परमहंस योगानन्‍द) (1893-1952) was born Mukunda Lal Ghosh in Gorakhpur, India, into a devout and prosperous Bengali family. ... Pranayama (Sanskrit: ) is a Sanskrit word often translated as control of the life force (prana). ...

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Kriya Yoga Practice

Kriya Yoga as taught by Lahiri Mahasaya is traditionally learned via the Guru - disciple relationship.[2] In Autobiography of a Yogi, Lahiri Mahasaya describes that after his initiation into Kriya Yoga, "Babaji instructed me in the ancient rigid rules which govern the transmission of the yogic art from Guru to disciple." [3]


Yogananda describes Kriya Pranayama, "The Kriya Yogi mentally directs his life energy to revolve, upward and downward, around the six spinal centers (medullary, cervical, dorsal, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal plexuses) which correspond to the twelve astral signs of the zodiac, the symbolic Cosmic Man. One-half minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord of man effects subtle progress in his evolution; that half-minute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment." [4]


In Kriya Quotes from Swami Satyananda, it is written, "Kriya sadhana may be thought of as the sadhana of the "practice of being in Atman" [5]


History

According to Yogananda, Kriya Yoga was well-known in ancient India, but was eventually lost, due to "priestly secrecy and man’s indifference".[6] Yogananda says that Krishna refers to Kriya Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita: This article is about the Hindu deity. ... Bhagavad Gīta भगवद्गीता, composed ca the fifth - second centuries BC, is part of the epic poem Mahabharata, located in the Bhisma-Parva chapters 23–40. ...

Offering inhaling breath into the outgoing breath, and offering the outgoing breath into the inhaling breath, the yogi neutralizes both these breaths; he thus releases the life force from the heart and brings it under his control.[7]

Yogananda also stated that Krishna was referring to Kriya Yoga when "Lord Krishna … relates that it was he, in a former incarnation, who communicated the indestructible yoga to an ancient illuminato, Vivasvat, who gave it to Manu, the great legislator. He, in turn, instructed Ikshwaku, the father of India’s solar warrior dynasty." [8] Yogananda says that Patanjali was referring to Kriya Yoga when he wrote "Kriya Yoga consists of body discipline, mental control, and meditating on Aum."[9] And again when he says,"Liberation can be accomplished by that pranayama which is attained by disjoining the course of inspiration and expiration."[10] A direct disciple of Sri Yukteswar Giri, Sri Sailendra Bejoy Dasgupta has written that, "Kriya entails several acts that have evidently been adapted from the Gita, the Yoga Sutras, Tantra shastras and from conceptions on the Yugas." [11] Patañjali, is the compiler of the Yoga Sutra, a major work containing aphorisms on the practical and philosophical wisdom regarding practice of Raja yoga. ... Pranayama (Sanskrit: ) is a Sanskrit word often translated as control of the life force (prana). ... Priya Nath Karar, known by his monastic name Sri Yukteswar Giri (May 10, 1855-March 9, 1936), was the guru of Paramahansa Yogananda. ... This article is an overview of Tantra and an in-depth look at the Tantra of Hinduism. ...


Recent history

The story of Lahiri Mahasaya receiving initiation into Kriya Yoga by the yogi Mahavatar Babaji in 1861 is recounted in Autobiography of a Yogi.[12] Yogananda wrote that at that meeting, Mahavatar Babaji told Lahiri Mahasaya, "The Kriya Yoga that I am giving to the world through you in this nineteenth century, is a revival of the same science that Krishna gave millenniums ago to Arjuna; and was later known to Patanjali, and to Christ, St. John, St. Paul, and other disciples." Yogananda also wrote that Babaji and Christ were in continual communion and together, "have planned the spiritual technique of salvation for this age."[13] Mahavatar Babaji - a drawing from Autobiography of a Yogi, commissioned by Yogananda and based on his own meeting with Babaji Mahavatar Babaji is the name given to an Indian yogi and holy man by Lahiri Mahasaya and several of his disciples[1] who met Mahavatar Babaji between 1861 and 1935. ...


Through Lahiri Mahasaya, Kriya Yoga soon spread throughout India. Yogananda, a disciple of Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri who was himself a disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya, then brought Kriya Yoga to the United States and Europe during the 20th century. Since that time it has spread throughout the world through various Guru lineages, most of which claim descent from Lahiri Mahasaya. Priya Nath Karar, known by his monastic name Sri Yukteswar Giri (May 10, 1855-March 9, 1936), was the guru of Paramahansa Yogananda. ...


Lahiri Mahasaya's disciples included Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, Sri Panchanon Bhattacharya, Swami Pranabananda, Swami Kebalananda, Swami Keshabananda, and Bhupendranath Sanyal (Sanyal Mahasaya). Priya Nath Karar, known by his monastic name Sri Yukteswar Giri (May 10, 1855-March 9, 1936), was the guru of Paramahansa Yogananda. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


Kriya Yoga lineages

There are numerous organizations and teachers that present themselves as teaching the Kriya Yoga that Lahiri Mahasaya brought to the world. Following are some of them, arranged by the Guru lineage from which they descended.


That trace their source to Lahiri Mahasaya, through various branches

  • Karar Ashram founded by Swami Sri Yukteswar in 1903, presently headed by Swami Yogeswarananda, a disciple of Paramahamsa Hariharananda.
  • Hariharananda Mission West, founded by Swami Sarveshwarananda, a disciple of Paramahamsa Hariharananda.
  • Swami Satyeswarananda Giri, a disciple of Swami Satyananda Giri, a disciple of Swami Sri Yukteswar.
  • Kriya Yoga Foundation, founded by Swami Shankarananda Giri, a disciple of Swami Narayana Giri (Prabhujee) who in turn was a disciple of Swami Sri Yukteswar.
  • Shibendu Lahiri, a great-grandson of Lahiri Mahasaya.
  • Yogiraj Shyamacharan Sanatan Mission Yogacharya Dr. Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee, a disciple of Satya Charan Lahiri (grandson of Lahiri Mahasaya).
  • Siddha siddhanta Yoga Academy, founded by Shailendra Sharma, a disciple of Satya Charan Lahiri.
  • Yogi Prakash Shankar Vyas , a disciple of Satya Charan Lahiri.

There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Swami Paramahamsa Hariharananda Giri (* May, 27 1907 in Habibpur, Province Nadia, Bengal, India; † December, 3 2002) was a Swami (monk) of a Hindu Order. ... Swami Satyeswarananda Giri also known as Vidyaratna Babaji, was born in Bengal, India, and is considered a Himalayan Master of Kriya Yoga. ... For other gurus called Satyananda, see Swami Satyananda (disambiguation). ... Swami Shankarananda is the head of the Kriya Yoga Institute located between Puri and Konark India, as well as ashrams in Bhubaneshwar and Rishikesh. ...

That trace their source to Lahiri Mahasaya through Paramahansa Yogananda

  • Self-Realization Fellowship, founded by Paramahansa Yogananda.
  • Yogoda Satsanga Society of India founded by Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Ananda Sangha, founded by Swami Kriyananda, a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda.
  • Center for Spiritual Awareness, founded by Roy Eugene Davis, a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda.
  • Self-Revelation Church of Absolute Monism, founded by Swami Premananda, a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda.
  • Cross and Lotus organization, founded by Yogacharya Mildred Hamilton, a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda.
  • Song of the Morning Retreat Center, founded by Yogacharya Oliver Black, a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda.
  • Sunburst Sanctuary, founded by Norman Paulsen, a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda.
  • Temple of Kriya Yoga, founded by Goswami Kriyananda, a disciple of Shri Shelliji, who in turn claims to be a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda.
  • Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, founded by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian, a direct disciple of Roy Eugene Davis.

Gateway to the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple in Hollywood (Los Angeles, California) The Self-Realization Fellowship is a religious organization founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920 and based in Los Angeles, California. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Swami Kriyananda, born J. Donald Walters, is a direct disciple of the yogi Paramahansa Yogananda and had many hours of personal contact with him during the last four years of Yoganandas life (1948 – 1952). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Notes

  1. ^ "Kriya Yoga is an instrument through which human evolution can be quickened...the secret of cosmic consciousness is intimately linked with breath mastery." Autobiography of a Yogi, 1946, by Paramhansa Yogananda, chapter 26.
  2. ^ "Initiation of a Kriya Yogi consists of a secret ceremony; it is an affair between the Guru and the initiate." Kriya Yoga, it's dissemination and the Mahamuni Babaji Maharaj, chapter 5, page 8
  3. ^ Paramhansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi, chapter 33, page 322
  4. ^ Autobiography of a Yogi, 1946, by Paramhansa Yogananda, chapter 26.
  5. ^ Kriya Quotes from Swami Satyananda, page 2.
  6. ^ Paramhansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi, chapter 26
  7. ^ Bhagavad Gita IV:29
  8. ^ Paramhansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi, chapter 26, referring to Bhagavad Gita IV:1-2
  9. ^ Patanjali Aphorisms, II:1. Translation by Paramhansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi, chapter 26
  10. ^ Patanjali Aphorisms, II:49. Translation by Paramhansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi, chapter 26
  11. ^ Kriya Yoga, it's dissemination and the Mahamuni Babaji Maharaj, chapter 5, page 8
  12. ^ Autobiography of a Yogi, chapter 34, Materializing a Palace in the Himalayas, by Paramhansa Yogananda
  13. ^ Autobiography of a Yogi, chapter 33, pg.307, by Paramhansa Yogananda

See also

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External links

General

  • The Science of Kriya Yoga from the First Edition of Autobiography of a Yogi written by Paramhansa Yogananda in 1946
  • Yoga Niketan a free online library of Bengali Kriya Yoga and Kriya Yoga related manuscripts translated into English. Includes books by Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Pranabananda, and others.
  • Dwapara Yuga & Yogananda line
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